Frequently Asked Questions


If you’re considering dog training or have questions about obedience, our faq is designed to further assist you. In fact, dog training is one of the most frequently asked topics among pet owners. While obedience training can certainly be beneficial for both dogs and their owners, it’s important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

The best way to determine whether dog training is right for your pet is to consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist. They can assess your dog’s individual needs and help you develop a customized training plan. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of some common concerns that pet parents have about dog training. For example, many people worry that training will make their dog scared or aggressive. However, this is typically not the case.

With positive reinforcement techniques, most dogs enjoy learning new commands and behaviors. If you have any specific concerns beyond our general faq about dog training, be sure to discuss them with our professional trainers before getting started.


How much does it cost to train a dog in California?

Pricing in California for dog training does depend on the trainer’s experience, location of the session, type of session, and what behavior you are working on. 

So newer trainers will have lower pricing and even consider offering free in-person consultations vs. an experienced trainer that might charge $150 per session. 

Location of session causes prices to charge for reasons of travel. Most trainers with a facility can see more clients a day so they book back-to-back and charge less. Trainers that travel to you, lose money for gas and time during travel, so they charge more.

The types of sessions have different fees, private sessions tend be the most effective and cost more due to the trainer making it a custom plan with just you for the hour. Group classes only teach limited behaviors and the exact same way for everybody. NOTHING is custom and they bank on a large group for a larger payout.

Then the fun part, the behavior. Basic obedience trainers charge less because the risk is lower, once the bite risk or training is more complicated the price goes up. 

How long does take to train a dog?

How long does it take a trainer to train a dog to be completely polished and pretty? 24/7 for 3-6 months. Also depends on the age and task. I would say for a average pet owner with just basic house manner goals, 4-5 private lessons (spaced out over 2 months)  typical takes care of all the needs. Now the owners will need to ALWAYS reinforce the rules and monitor the dog for any behavioral changes from puppyhood to adolescence then adulthood.

How many training sessions does a dog need?

A Dog is ALWAYS learning so you are ALWAYS training, BUT paid training lessons for a brand new person, 4-5 is an amazing start!

Is it too late to train a 1 year old dog?

It is never too late to learn things but it is harder to extinguish learned behavior that they have been practicing.

How do you train a dog for beginners?

Beginners need to learn how dogs learn, then the trainer teaches them how to use body language, verbal communication and then leash communication.  It’s really a science to training but a good trainer can break things down and micro time as needed or as high level for ones that just “get it”.

What is the best method to train a dog?

The best method is always the method that is easiest for the dog to be motivated to learn from. Just like children, find what they like and then you can get them to love the process of learning and rewards.

How much time should you spend with your dog a day?

Quality time over quanity is one thing I have heard. I feel that what makes the dog thrive is a strong relationship and positive daily engagement. 

How do you stop a puppy from biting?

Puppies put everything in their mouth! So always play with them and a toy, and disengage if they bite you. I love to teach tug with a toy and when they need to rest, put the leash back on and assist them in learning to lay down and nap on leash.

What is the hardest breed of dog to train?

The dog that has no motivation for rewards and doesn’t want to do anything except self-rewarding behaviors that humans don’t like.

What is the calmest dog breed?

The calmest dog breeds are the ones that are stuffed. 

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